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Gonbad-e Qabus Tower
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Gonbad-e Qabus Tower

Gonbad, Golestan province

Gonbad-e Qabus tower is a monument in city of Gonbad, Iran. It is built in 1006 AD and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2012.

The Tower in the central part of the city reaches 72 metres (236 ft), including the height of the platform.

The baked-brick-built tower is an enormous decagon building with a conic roof, which forms the golden ratio Phi, that equals 1.618.
The interiors contain the earliest examples of Muqarnas decorative styles. The decagon with its 3 meter-thick wall, divided into 10 sides, has a diameter of 17 m .

While it is not the world's tallest brick tower (it is shorter than the St. Martin's Church in Landshut, Germany and Church of Our Lady, Bruges in Bruges, Belgium and Qutb Minar in Delhi, India) but it is still the world's tallest pure-brick tower.

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Graeme08-Jan-2014 22:19
Fascinating tower and nice foreground flowers, Ali.BV
bill friedlander17-Oct-2013 16:13
Love the geometry of the tower! Super capture! V
Barry S Moore15-Oct-2013 21:11
An awesome building considering its age and height. Truly an amazing structure. ~V~
Martin Lamoon27-Sep-2013 19:57
Excellent shot of this great tower.
Nestor27-Sep-2013 17:31
Nice point of view delivering this great shot for us to see.
Nice detail in the image.
FrankB27-Sep-2013 00:55
impressive architecture!...V
Pierre25-Sep-2013 23:25
Une prise de vue absolument formidable! V
Fong Lam25-Sep-2013 12:57
Great shot of this tower with all the interesting history...V
shatterbug25-Sep-2013 06:44
Impressive tower...very nice!
Buz Kiefer24-Sep-2013 21:58
Very interesting structure. Vote.
236 feet. Very close to 233 which is a Fibonacci number.
Claude24-Sep-2013 00:55
Superb shot with very interesting architecture. V
Karen Stuebing23-Sep-2013 20:51
Wonderful capture of this fascinating tower. It makes me wonder how they figured out the math so long ago. Amazing. V.
Ceya23-Sep-2013 20:29
Excellent shot of this beautiful and impressive tower! Interesting information, thanks for sharing! V
Colin Storey23-Sep-2013 19:41
Fantastic image of this impressive tower. v
Zoltán Balogh23-Sep-2013 18:02
How wonderful! V
Marcia Colelli23-Sep-2013 17:56
Wonderful composition. Very nice details, Wonderful history V
Tom LeRoy23-Sep-2013 16:12
A great shot of this magnificent tower, Ali. Thanks for the info also. V
Martin Lamoon23-Sep-2013 13:57
Amazing tower and superb photograph of it. V
Sam Rua23-Sep-2013 13:02
Nice isolating comp and BG info. Thanks for that, Ali.
Stephanie23-Sep-2013 12:15
What a wonderful capture of this brick tower! Interesting info too! V
cambraniz23-Sep-2013 11:17
Strange but beautiful tower. V
marko gregoric23-Sep-2013 08:35
Interesting tower...great shot. V
gerrit23-Sep-2013 05:46
Very ineresting history of this very old buliding.. V
joseantonio23-Sep-2013 04:13
What a lovely tower with so much history.V.
Gerard Koehl23-Sep-2013 04:00
Magnifique tour. V
Margot W23-Sep-2013 02:44
That is an amazing history of this still standing tower.
Wonderful presentation too.
Helen Betts23-Sep-2013 02:29
A very impressive tower, and beautifully captured. V.
Jean Chiasson23-Sep-2013 00:52
Fantastic image Ali vote
woody3423-Sep-2013 00:22
Wonderful inspiring capture.Fascinating interest here with your well researched notes.Thank you...V
Robert Houde22-Sep-2013 23:28
Very nice work as your usual.
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